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II. In the Unity of the Godhead there be Three Persons, of one Substance, Power and Eternity ; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost • The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding: The Son is eternally begotten of the Father P: The Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son 9.

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CH A P. III.
Of God's Eternal Decree.
OD from all Eternity, did, by the most Wise

and Holy Counsel of his own Will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to

pass a: voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was well pleased. Matth. 28. 19. Go ye Nain, to receive power, and riches, therefore and teach all nations, and wisdom, and strength, and ho- baptizing them in the name of the nour,and glory, and blesfing. v. 13. Father, and of the Son, and of the And every creature which is in hea- holy Ghoft. 2 Cor.13.14. The grace ven, and on the carth, and under of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the the earth, and such as are in the love of God, and the communion fea, and all that are in them, heard of the holy Ghost, be with you all. I, saying, Blessing, and honour, Amen. and glory, and power be unto him P John 1. 14. And the word was that litteth upon the throne, and made flesh, and dwelt among us, unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (and we beheld his glory, the glory 1.14. And the four beasts said, A- as of the only begotten of the Famen. And the four and twenty el- ther) full of grace and truth. v. 18, ders fell down and worshipped him No man hath seen God at any time; that liveth for ever and ever. the only begotten Son, which is in

III. ° 1Fohns.7.For there are three the bofom of the Father, he hath that bear record in heaven, the Fa- declared him. ther, the Word, and the holy Ghoft: 9 John 15. 26. But when the Comand these three are one. Mar. 3. 16. forter is come, whom I will send And Jesus when he was baptized, unto you from the Father, even the went up straight way out of the wa- Spirit of truth, which proceedeth ter: and lo, the heavens were open- from the Father, he shall testify of ed unto him, and he saw the Spirit me. Gal. 4. 6. And because ye are of God descending like a dove, and sons, God hath sent forth the Spilighting upon him. v. 17. And lo, rit of his Son into your hearts, cry, a voice from heaven, saying, This ing, Abba, Father. is my beloved Son, in whom I am

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passo : yet fo, as thereby neither is God the Author of Sin', nor is Violence offered to the Will of the Creatures, nor is the Liberty or Contingency of Second Causes taken away, but rather establifhed

II. Although God knows whatsoever may, or can come to pass upon all supposed Conditions d, yet hath he not decreed any thing because he forefaw

it 1. Eph. 1. 11. In whom also we foreknowledge of God, ye have have obtained an inheritance, being taken, and by wicked hands have predestinated according to the pur- crucified and sain. Matth. 17. 12, pose of him who worketh all things But I say unto you, That Elias is after the counsel of his own will. come already, and they knew him Rom. 11. 33. O the depth of the not, but have done unto him whatriches both of the wisdom and foever they listed; likewise shall alknowledge of God! how unsearch- fo the Son of man suffer of them. able are his judgments, and his Acts 4. 27. For of a truth, against ways past finding our! Heb. 6. 17. thy holy child Jesus, whom thou Wherein God willing more abun- haft anointed, both Herod and Pondantly to shew unto the heirs of pro- tius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and mise, the immutability of his coun-' the people of Ifrael were gathered fel, confirmed it by an oath. Rom. together, v. 28. For to do whatso 9. Is. For he saith to Moses, I will ever thy hand and thy counsel de have mercy on whom I will have termined before to be donc. John mercy, and I will have compassion 19./11. Jesus answered, Thou couldīt on whom I will have compassion. have no power at all against me, exv. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on cept it were given thee from above : whom he will have mercy, and therefore he that delivered me unwhom he will, he hardneth. to thee hath the greater sin. Prov.

James 1. 13. Let no man say 16.33. The lot is cast into the lap: when he is tempted, I am tempted but the whole disposing thereof is of of God: for God cannot be tempted the Lord. with evil, neither tempteth he any II. d A&S 15.18. Known unto God man. v. 17. Every good gift, and are all his works from the beginevery perfect gift is from above, ning of the world. i Sam. 23. 11. and cometh down from the Father Will the men of Keilah deliver me of lights, with whom is no variable- up into his hand? Will Saul come ness, neither shadow of turning. down as thy servant hath heard! 1 John 1. s. This then is the message O Lord God of Israel, I beseech which we have heard of him, and thee,tell thy servant. And the Lord declare unto you, that God is light, faid, He will con down. v. 12. and in him is no darkness at all. Then said David, Will the men of

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III. By the Decree of God, for the Manifestation of his Glory, some Men and Angels are predestinated unto everlasting Life, and others fore-ordained to everlasting Death 6.

IV. These Angels and Men thus predestinated and fore-ordained, are particularly and unchangeábly designed, and their Number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished h

V. Those said, They will deliver thee up. Mat. ring one before another, doing no11:21. Wo unto thee Chorazin, wo thing by partiality. Matth. 25. 41. unto thee Bethsaida: forif the migh- Then shall he say also unto them on ty works which were done in you, the left hand, depart from

me, ye had been done in Tyre and Sidon, cursed, into everlasting, fire prethey would have repented long ago pared for the devil and his angels. in fackcloth and ashes. v. 23. And 8 Rom. 9. 22. What if God, wilthou Capernaum, which art exalted ling to shew his wrath, and to make unto heaven, shalt be brought down his power known, endured with to hell : for if the mighty works much long-suffering the vessels of which have been done in thec, had wrath fitted to destruction: v. 23. been done in Sodom, it would have and that he might make known remained until this day.

the riches of his glory on the vefRom. 9. 11. For the children sels of mercy, which he had afore being not yet born, neither having prepared unto glory : Eph. 1, s. done any good or evil, that the pur- Having predestinated us unto the pose of God according to election adoption of children by Jesus might stand, not of works, but of Christ to himself, according to the him that calleth. v. 13. As it is good pleasure of his will, v.6. To written, Jacob have I loved, but the praise of the glory of his grace, Esau have I hated. v, 16. So then, wherein he hath made us accepted in it is not of him that willeth, nor the beloved. Prov. 16.4. The Lord of him that runneth, but of God hath made all things for himself : that theweth inercy. v. 18. There- yea, even the wicked for the day of fore hath he mercy on whom he evil. will have mercy, and whom he will, Iv. 2 Tim.2.19. Nevertheless,the he hardneth.

foundation of God ftandeth sure, III. f 1 Tim. 5.21.1 charge thee be- having this seal, The Lord knoweth fore God and the Lord Jesus Christ, them that are his. And, Let every and the elect angels, that thou ob- one that nameth the name of Chrift serve these things, without prefer- depart from iniquity. John 13. 18,

V. Those of Mankind that are predestinated unto Life, God, before the Foundation of the World was laid, according to his eternal and immutable Purpose, and the secret Council and good Pleasure of his Will, hath chosen,in Christ,unto everlasting Glory i, out of his meer free Grace and Love, without any Fore-light of Faith, or good Works, or Perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the Creature, as Conditions, or Causes moving him thereunto , and all to the Praise of his glorious Grace!

VI. As God hath appointed the Elect unto Glory, so hath he, by the eternal and most free Purpose of his Will, fore-ordained all the Means thereunto m. Wherefore they who are elected, being fal

len I speak not of you all ; I know ly calling, not according to our whom I have chosen: but that the works, but according to his own scripture may be fulfilled, He that purpose and grace, which was given eateth bread with me, hath lift up us in Christ Jesus, before the world his heel against me.

began. Thes. s.9. For God hath v. 1 Eph. 1. 4. According as he not appointed us to wrath; but to hath cholen us in him, before the obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus foundation of the world, that we Christ. should be holy, and without blame k Rom. 9. 11, 13, 16. (See letter before him in love : v. 9. Having immediately foregoing. ) Eph. 1.4, 9. made known unto us the mystery [ See letter i immediately foregoing. ] of his will, according to his good Eph. 1.6. To the praise of the pleasure, which he hath purposed glory of his grace, wherein he hath in himself : v. 11. In whom also made us accepted in the beloved. we have obtained an inheritance, v. 12. That we should be to the being predestinated according to praise of his glory, who first trusted the purpose of him, who worketh in Christ. all things after the counsel of his VI. m 1 Pet. 1. 2. Elect accordown will. Rom. 8. 30. Moreover, ing to the fore-knowledge of God whom he did predestinate, them the Father, through fan&tification he also called : and whom he cal- of the Spirit unto obedience, and led, them he also justified : and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus whom he justified, them he also Chrift. Eph. 1.4. According as he glorified. 2 Tim. 1. 9. Who hath hath chosen us in him, before the saved us, and called us with an ho- foundation of the world, that we

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len in Adam, are redeemed by Christ”, are effectually called unto Faith in Chrift, by his Spirit working in due Season, are justified, adopted, fan&ifiedo, and kept by his Power through Faith unto Salvation P. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effe&ually called, justified, adopted, fan&tified and saved, but the Elect only?

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should be holy, and without blame to the good pleasure of his will. before him in love: v.s. Having 2 Thef. 2. 13. But we are bound to predestinated us unto the adoption give thanks alway to God for you, of children by Jesus Christ to him- brethren, beloved of the Lord, beself, according to the good plea- cause God hath from the beginning sure of his will. Eph. 2. 10. For we chosen you to salvation through are his workmanship, created in fan&ification of the Spirit, and beChrist Jesus unto good works, which lief of the truth. God hath before ordained that we P 1 Peter 1.5. Who are kept by should walk in them. 2 Thef. 2. 13. the power of God through faith But we are bound to give thanks al- unto salvation, ready to be revealway to God for you, brethren, be- ed in the last time. loved of the Lord, because God 9 John 17.9. I pray for them: I hath from the beginning chosen pray not for the world, but for you to falvation through fan&ifi- them which thou hast given me, cation of the Spirit and belief of for they are thine. Rom. 8. 28. And the truth.

we know that all things work toIni Thef. s. 9.-For God hath not gether for good, to them that love appointed us to wrath, but to ob- God, to them who are the called tain falvation by our Lord Jesus according to his purpose, &r. [to Christ, v. 10. Who died for us, the end of the chapter. ] John 6, 64. that whether we wake or sleep, we But there are some of you that beshould live together with him. Ti- lieve not. For Jesus knew from tus 2. 14. Who gave himself for us, the beginning, who they were that that he might redeem us from all believed not, and who should beiniquity, and purify unto himself a tray him, v. 65. And he said, Therepeculiar people, zealous of good fore said I unto you, that no man works.

can come unto me, except it were Rom. 8.30. Moreover, whom given unto him of my Father. John he did predestinate, them he also 10.26. But ye believe not'; because called : and whom he called, them ye are not of my sheep, as I said he also justified : and whom he unto you. John 8.47. He that is of justified, them he also glorified. God, heareth Gods words : 'ye Eph. 1. s. Having predestinated us therefore hear them not, because unto the adoption of children by ye are not of God. 1 John 2. 19. Jesus Christ to himself, according They went out from us, but they

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